Review: Origin by Jessica Khoury

OriginOrigin by Jessica Khoury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s been quite some time since I stayed up late reading a book because I couldn’t wait to find out how it ends. Origin hooked me from page one; so few books do that these days. For some reason, writers think they have to set things up with unnecessary exposition.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin–a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

I love Jessica Khoury’s writing style. It’s smooth, sparse without seeming so and full of insight. Following Pia on her journey pulled various emotions from me, indignation, sadness, joy and a little bit of hope.

Well-rounded characters, perfectly paced plot and a story filled with angst and action make Origin one of those books you devour. After reading the last page, you feel satisfied; you know your time hasn’t been wasted.

There’s a depth to the story not easily found in fiction today and it could be considered a warning to humanity. The circle of life includes death and perfection comes at great cost.

I highly recommend this book to science fiction and young adult fans. I’ll definitely keeps my eyes open for the next offering from Khoury.

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